Fatal Whitehorse crash was accidental, says coroner

The Yukon coroner has determined a traffic accident that killed a young woman in Whitehorse in February was accidental.

Inexperienced driving may have been a factor

A roadside memorial lies beside the Alaska highway near Whitehorse where the accident that killed passenger Jessica Behan took place in February. The Yukon coroner says inexperienced driving may have contributed to the accident. (Leonard Linklater/CBC)

The Yukon coroner has determined a fatal traffic accident in Whitehorse in February was accidental.

Kirsten Macdonald says inexperienced driving may have been a contributing factor.

Jessica Behan, 18, died in the accident on Feb. 25. She was a passenger in a car that crossed the centre line of the Alaska Highway at Wolf Creek.

The car veered into the path of an oncoming pick-up truck.

The coroner found that Behan was not wearing a seat belt and the passenger side airbag did not deploy.

Road conditions, speed, alcohol or drugs were not factors in the accident.